As a teacher I believe it is important to empower students to feel good about themselves and to be confident in their abilities. No student is the same; each comes with their own background and different learning style. Flexibility enables me to address these different needs and be a positive fixture in my students' lives. Learning should be engaging and easily attainable with hands-on activities and cooperative grouping. Establishing a community of learners, where everyone's resources and knowledge are shared and utilized, is very important. Not only will my students learn from each other, I will learn from them.
School Mission De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts (DATA) is a high achieving and innovative magnet school where students, community, and staff collaborate in authentic learning experiences. Together, we support an inclusive environment focused on relationships in order to develop skills for a global society
Major Emphasis of the Course: The goals and objective of the courses align with the Common Core California State Content Standards. These content standards can be accessed at www.cde.ca.gov/be/st. In addition to coursework and tests, district assignments will be used to measure student attainment of the standards.
Course Expectations: All DATA teachers expect students to conform to the VUSD Attendance Policy, Standards of Student Behavior and Conduct, Dress Code, and Academic Honesty Policy. These policies can be found on the VUSD website at www.venturausd.org and in the Parent-Student Handbook.
Grading Scale Academic Grade: A – 90-100% Advanced/ Excelling at standards B – 80- 89% % Proficient/ Meets the standards C – 70-79%Average or Basic/ Progressing towards standards D – 60-69% % Below Average or Basic/ Not meeting standards F – 0-59% Far Below Basic/ failure to meet standards
Absences Regular attendance contributes to the development of work habits and skills which lead to student mastery of content. When a student is absent, he/she misses valuable class discussion, instruction, and learning. Students will have one day for every excused absence to complete and turn-in work, or take missed tests. It is the STUDENT’s responsibility to ensure that this happens.
Homework Policy Homework will be given throughout the week with a designated due date. Assignments will consist of reading, response to fiction and informational text. Students will also be expected to work on several projects during the year that may require time at home to complete. In addition, assignments that are not completed in class will also be considered homework.
Late Work / Extra Credit Students may turn their assignments in up to two weeks late. However, the highest grade they can earn for a late assignment is 80%. There is no extra credit for this course.
Classroom Norms Be safe. Be Respectful. Be kind and polite. Be on time. Be positive. I encourage my students to always do their best. We use the C.H.A.M.P.S. behavior management program in the classroom in order to promote a positive learning environment for all. C.H.A.M.P.S. let’s the students know: the conversation level, how to get to help, what the activity is, movement expectations, and how to participate. If all the expectations are followed, students will be successful. Students are not allowed to wear hats, chew gum, or use cell phones during class. Students are also expected to come prepared to class every day.
Bring computer to school fully charged and ready to go.
Keep computer and case clean both inside and outside.
Immediately report all malfunctions, damage, or if computer is missing to the office.
Use the computer for school-related purposes only.
Computer must be kept in the approved/issued carrying case with name tag.
Support Schedule I am available by appointment before or after school.
Communication with Parents The quickest way to contact me is through email at email@example.com . My phone number is 641-5165 x 2071. I will make my best effort to contact you within 24 hours of receiving a voicemail.